Resources for Understanding the Current Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

May 19, 2021Rabbi Josh Weinberg

As we write, we are facing very difficult times in Israel. Hamas rockets are raining down for the 12th day in a row, marking the largest attack on Israel since the Second Lebanon War in 2006. The URJ stands firmly with our siblings in Israel – Jews and non-Jews alike – who are the victims of this deadly onslaught by Hamas. At the same time, the images of Gazans suffering because of Israel’s necessary strikes to eradicate Hamas’s military infrastructures reflect a painful and tragic loss of life. While some see this conflict in only stark black and white terms, it is intensely complex. 
 
To help navigate this complexity, we offer the following resource guide, including material that may be helpful in laying out the context and nuances of this latest round of violence between Hamas and Israel.

In-Depth Framing:

News Articles

Political and Historical

  • A concise piece posted to Facebook: Ittay Flescher, an Australian/Israeli journalist and educator, shares helpful resources for looking at news and how to how to make sense of the deluge of information available.

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